Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is a confluence of chemistry, physics, biology and engineering mathematics. Here, you will master the basic structure and properties of various materials and understand how they can be designed, processed and modified to enhance their performance to suit specific industry needs. You will be engineering revolutionary materials that push the frontiers of science!


The MSE Programme

The NTU Education, a new undergraduate curriculum that puts learning within and beyond the curriculum at its core, was developed in 2011. This new approach focuses on supporting NTU students in learning and providing them with opportunities to develop skills that will enable them to face the challenges of the 21st century with optimism and confidence.

MSE developed MSE GRAPHENE which aims to provide a holistic education, involving academic and non-academic training to equip MSE undergraduates with the necessary skills to face future challenges. The school is also working with our alumni members towards building stronger community cohesion among them and our current students, as well as with the industry. 
We aim for our students to thrive in a community without borders, be socially engaged and will readily contribute to the greater good of society upon graduation.

Road map of the life of a MSE student


Programmes In MSE

Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Engineering)

The Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Engineering) programme in NTU is an integrated science-driven and application oriented engineering education in advanced materials for cutting edge technologies.

Materials Science and Engineering is a discipline that is broadly based in engineering mathematics and all aspect of sciences (chemistry, physics and biology). Our students learn about the basic structure and properties of materials, and understand how materials can be processed and modified to make the products of modern technology more durable, faster, lighter and better suited to human needs.

Our students will also get to discover and learn about nanomaterials for cancer treatment, biodegradable materials for biomedical devices, advanced functional materials for defence systems and sporting equipment and apparels, new eco-materials for our environment, nano-electronic materials for future IC chips and many more.


Curriculum Structure

With the school’s programme educational objectives in mind, our comprehensive curriculum is designed to allow first-year students to build a strong foundation in sciences, mathematics and materials science. Students will delve into advanced topics such as understanding the fascinating structure of materials and materials processing, characterisation and application of various materials will be introduced in the second and third year. All these will constitute the core modules requirement of our curriculum.


In the final year, the option to study advanced topics, what we call the Major Prescribed Electives (Core Electives), allows students to focus their learning and gain specialized knowledge in materials disciplines of their choice, which are designed in consultation with industry experts on future job market demand.

To encourage a broad education, at least 30% of the courses in the curriculum are from other fields, what we term as General Education Requirement (GER). With exception of three GER Core modules that all students have to take, students are allowed to choose from a selection of modules, outside their discipline and based on their interest, to fulfilling their GER electives and unrestricted electives requirement.

The course summary for each year of study is available here

Professional Internship

The objective of the 20-week Professional Internship is to help students acquire the attitudes, work habits and high levels of professionalism needed to function effectively and, indeed, excel in their chosen area of expertise.

Some of the companies that have provided MSE students internship opportunities include, 3M , A*STAR, Advanced Materials Technologies, DOW Chemical, ExxonMobil, Rolls-Royce, DSTA, DSO Laboratories, GE Aviation, Rohm & Haas and more.

The success of Professional Internship has seen several MSE graduates securing a full time job with the companies they were attached to even before graduation.

Students’ Testimonials

I did my Industrial Attachment (IA) in ExxonMobil for 6 months, in the department of Inspection. The department is responsible to maintain and improve the reliability of all the equipment and piping in this refinery by planning and executing inspection program.

I must say I have had a very enriching journey during my IA, as I met a lot of nice seniors and colleagues who were very willing to share their knowledge and experience with me. My greatest take away from IA would be it gave me a clearer overall picture about the industry and the job as an inspection engineer. I have also gain more technical knowledge through encountering real-life engineering problems and applications.

Chen Zhaoyu

I was attached to the Material Support Lab as part of the Failure Investigation team in Rolls Royce during my Industrial Attachment (IA). As the name suggest, I was involved in assisting the engineers in conducting failure investigation on failed parts. The IA experience had been thoroughly enriching and it has taught me a lot in relation to what i have or going to study in MSE. The chance to execute task with all the related equipment had given me an invaluable experience that will come in handy in the future and for studies.

Muhammad Naqib Bin Ahmad Dali

Research Programmes

Apart from educating and inspiring globally connected and interdisciplinary trained Materials Engineers for the industry, MSE education also aims to create intellectual value and inspire relevant research in our laboratory.
Ranked 1st in the world for Materials Science by US News’ Best Global Universities and 3rd by QS World University Rankings, NTU MSE is internationally known for its work in fields such as advanced materials and nanotechnology for biomedical, sports, defence and renewable energy industry. With an excellent history of successfully commercializing research outcomes, MSE has attracted multi-million dollar funding, both locally and overseas.

MSE undergraduates with a strong acumen and interest in scientific research can look forward to participate in these research projects, through various undergraduate research schemes available in the University, such as the Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA).

URECA provides undergraduates an opportunity to pursue independent research under the supervision of a professor over an 11-month period. The programme also enables undergraduates to immerse themselves in a vibrant research culture and experience research first hand.

Students’ Testimonials

URECA is one of the most important courses I took during my undergraduate education at NTU. I believe university life is not only about grades, but about broadening experience and meeting people that may benefit me in my future career. Through this programme, I picked up a lot of research skills, like learning to search and read publications, use data analysis tools, operate lab equipment, write research papers and prepare and present technical posters. Most importantly, I learnt how to think like a researcher, in which I create solutions to problems and ask questions to seek better quality of life. Thanks to URECA, I plan to pursue PhD degree after undergraduate graduation, so that I can become a research scientist in the future.

- Chen Ye

NTU provided me with opportunities to be involved in top researches carried out in the university through their URECA Programme. The flexibility to pursue research in an area of my interest provided me an opportunity to explore research prior to my final year project.

Being part of a dynamic research team broadened my horizon and made me more aware of the existing challenges in the world. This awareness enabled me to see the relevance of materials science knowledge in solving real-world problems and inspired me to take up a career in research in the future.

- Rubayn Goh

Global Exchange

NTU MSE encourages our undergraduates to participate in global exchange programmes. As our world becomes smaller through technology, the ability to communicate and work effectively with diverse people and multicultural settings will give our graduates an edge in the workforce.

NTU offers a rich array of Global Programmes, partnering with more than 150 top-notch universities in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific and more than 100 leading companies. The programmes range from 2 to 22 weeks with an option to study, work or do research at the host company or university. These programmes provide a platform for students to broaden their global perspective, acquire attributes and skills needed to a global leader.

What our students say:

The exchange programme allowed me to learn about the recycling system in Sweden and how they emphasize on the circular economy. Machines that collect aluminium cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles are found in supermarkets. For every recycled item placed inside the machines, a certain amount of cash is given back to the consumer. For example, one Swedish Krona is given for every aluminum can recycled.

During my time in KTH I was given the opportunity to visit a biogas plant and was on a guided tour to see the process of waste being converted into useful biogas. In addition, this exchange allowed me to be more independent and provided me the opportunity to explore many countries.

Alson Ang Da Wei
Host University: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Programme: GEM Explorer

My biggest take away from the exchange to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is to realize that the world is small and travelling will open up your perspective and challenge you to be a better person. I made a lot of new friends from various countries/regions, e.g. Hong Kong, Canada, Japan etc. during my exchange stint, studied more about Hong Kong’s local culture and the everyday life its citizens. This exchange trip has indeed opened up my mind. It is a life-changing experience and has challenged me greatly to live in a foreign country with different cultures and stepping up to make new friends.

Agung Purnomo Sendy

Host University: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The whole experience had been a very impactful. Academically, the different learning styles and methods have encouraged me to adapt and work with diverse people, which is important in today’s international working environment. I also had the opportunity to observe and understand how interdisciplinary and culturally diverse groups work.

Johana Teresa Gunawan
Host University: Technical University of Denmark

Programme: GEM Explorer

I have received quality education through NTU’s holistic approach to teaching. My two months at Yonsei University in Korea and six months at Linkoping University in Sweden as part of the NTU global exchange programme have provided me with international exposure. While studying overseas I had the opportunity to travel to over 30 cities within Europe and Korea within this short but amazing period.

I also represented NTU as a student delegate in the Ministry of Education Sino-Singapore exchange in China for two weeks. These overseas exchanges were definitely the highlights of my undergraduate life in NTU as I was able to live independently and most importantly, broaden my mind and attain a global perspective through my many newly-made international friends.

Ang Jin Yan

Host Universities: Yonsei University, South Korea and Linkoping University, Sweden

The way the lessons are conducted in Sungkyunkwan University, Korea is very different. It is nothing like the conventional way of presenting a lecture – there were no powerpoint slides, nor lecture notes. The Professor delivers the lecture by getting us to share our experiences and from there he selects a few cases for the class to study it as a case study. The lecture theatre basically turned into a venue for debate competition. Unlike the conventional lecture this is much more interactive and more ideas are being generated by the class. Ultimately, each one of us gets to learn more. This exchange has made me realize that learning can be made more enjoyable by rejecting the conventional.

Png Wee Chun

Host University: Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

I had the opportunity to do a semester of exchange studies at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Learning in a new environment was a refreshing experience for me as the questions posed by my classmates broadened the scope for learning and widened my knowledge in my area of study. I also made international friends through which I discovered more about different cultures and lifestyles. In this short span of four months, I was able to travel to more than twelve cities in eight different countries and visit all the sights that I have heard about since young. One of the biggest takeaways would have to be living independently away from home and handling any unexpected circumstance on my own. I have also gained a global perspective from my travelling and this overseas exposure has developed me to be more versatile in facing future global challenges.

Tan Zi Ying
Host University: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden